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Mutual Funds: International's hot


What do investors love?

In January, it was international stock funds.

Morningstar reports that investors pumped more than $8.1 billion into international stock funds - the largest monthly inflow since Dec. 2007.

That's roughly triple what they put into domestic stock funds.

Investors are chasing the hot thing. Last year, China, Pacific Basin funds outside of Japan, even European stock funds beat U.S. stock funds.

More on that soon. I'm working on a column about international investing.

I'm not scared off the topic by the crisis in Europe and I would hope you would not be.

So for fun, I'll give a (virtual) high five to anyone who can tell me the level of debt in Greece vs. GDP. A second high five if you can do the same numbers for the U.S.

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You've got the job of managing your money. No one in school taught you how. But you and I, we can teach each other, how to handle it, how to save for retirement, how to make money last, how to educate the kids, how to make a budget work. The conversations I have with my readers are fun. Money's important, but discussing it does not have to be boring.

Harriet Johnson Brackey Harriet Johnson Brackey, the personal finance columnist for the Sun Sentinel, is an award-winning business reporter. Her columns for 2008 were named "The Best in the Business," a national award chosen by her colleagues at the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

Brackey has worked at Business Week magazine and at USA TODAY, where she was a founder and part of the original staff of the Money section at the country's first national newspaper. After nearly 11 years there - spent covering the 1980s bull market, the insider trading scandals, the 1987 crash - Brackey left Washington, D.C., and came to The Miami Herald. She spent the next decade writing a column about personal finance that chronicled the stock market's Internet boom and bust, as well as the popular Money Makeover features.

Brackey also has done commentaries for Marketplace Money, which airs on National Public Radio and The Nightly Business Report which is broadcast on more than 250 PBS television stations nationwide. She also has been a radio guest on WLRN’s Miami Herald News.
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